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A look at House Democrats' budget plan

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - House Democrats are proposing to get more than $1.3 billion in new money from changes in tax law. Here's a look at some of the areas where people may be paying more taxes:

_ BUSINESSES: A business and tax surcharge paid by doctors, lawyers and accountants was set to expire this year, but the House looks make it permanent, as Gov. Jay Inslee also suggested. That would bring in some $534 million. The House would also close or narrow 15 tax exemptions ranging from repealing preferential business tax rates for travel agents and insurance agents, to repealing the sales tax exemption on janitorial services. The plan would also repeal the sales tax exemption on bottled water.

_ BEER: The House also wants to permanently extend a beer tax that was set to expire, but looks to lower it from 50-cents-per-gallon to 25-cents-per-gallon. As in Inslee's proposal, the tax would be extended to small brewers at a 15-cent-per-gallon amount. Combined, the tax would bring in $58 million to the state.

_ BOTTLED WATER: House Democrats would raise some $52 million by ending a sales tax exemption on bottled water.

_ NON-RESIDENTS: The House would eliminate a decades-old tax break for non-residents who shop in the state, saving the state $64 million. Retailers along the Oregon border say the tax break is needed to compete against Oregon shops that don't have a sales tax. Inslee also proposed the tax break repeal.

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